A cooking show that might be a little too realistic.Photo courtesy RealMeals.TV
The cooking on Top Chef
is, as most chefs will tell you, about as realistic as the medicine practiced on House
. But that doesn't mean you can't see the real thing if you look hard enough. Consider RealMeals, a brand-new, just-launched website which specializes in videos of both professional and amateur chefs actually cooking. This kind of instructional/aspirational video has been coming into vogue in recent months (Chow
has produced a number of really good ones
.) But RealMeals is both more interesting and more New York-oriented.
Among the highlights we've enjoyed:
• Patricia Yeo making cocoa and peanut–glazed spareribs at Sapa. Could Yeo be the nicest chef in New York? We suspect so.
• Orhan Yegen cooking eggplants directly on six fully jacked–up burners, and then transforming them into his excellent eggplant salad at Sip Sak.
• Amanda Freitag creating non-gummy gnocchi with striking delicacy and dexterity at Gusto.
Even more enjoyable, from a visual point of view, are some of the home cooks. These kitchens make Jerry Seinfeld's look huge.
• A guy named Austen in a bowling shirt and a cowboy hat makes a pretty respectable tarragon chicken in the smallest kitchen we've ever seen a video filmed in.
• Nat from Jersey City makes beer-can chicken, complete with spices from the bodega and, of course, a can of PBR to support the bird.